Entries in Rolex 24 (5)
Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable we have cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation...leave a comment.
Agreed its been brisk for the past few days...its winter, its Canada, and it seems that the media is on a mission to arrive an elusive minus 100 Centigrade with the wind chill.
Did you see Don Prudhomme at Barrett Jackson sell one of his funny cars with the hauler, as well as Tom McEwen's car. They were going to make some money, while disposing of a strong emotional attachement to the cars and haulers. Reality TV at its best.
You have to wonder when more recent cars will become popular, its a constant rerun of the same models, same years, same specs. There is an element of churning that is less interesting in 2014 than a few years ago.
When will a 1979 Camaro, replace the iconic 1969 Camaro? When will a 1994-96 Impala SS become interesting? We could keep on going, but hopefully you grasp our perspective.
An informative and visual recap of the Arizona Auction Week.
The aftermath of NAIAS, fascinating to read the reflective thoughts of various pundits once the glitter subdues. Some vehicle were remarkable, other ordinary, and some forgettable. Its not just the vehicles, the press conferences, its the direction that some manufacturers are taking, or signaling that is more telling.
MerBimAu at Detroit covered all the angles, niches, market nooks and crannies.
The Koreans as expected are on a vector to crack the luxury market in a patient fashion.
Ford with the aluminum F150 has signaled that North America is not interested in a mid size truck. What does Ford know that GM does not know with the Canyon?
Did you see how the roof works on the Porsche Targa?
Toyota is breaking out of its conservative image...or trying to break out.
Yes...the Z06 is a winner, great halo car.
Infiniti seems to create more questions than answers, reminds you of the days of the Q45.
Yes...tomorrow is the start of the Rolex 24...anxious to see the Corvette, as well as Mantella Autosport from Toronto with the Aston Martin.
Its also the World Economic Forum in Davos for the next few days.
Our thoughts and prayers to all the folks at L'Ile Verte.
Our usual old race cars, an awesome Behind the Fence photo gallery.
First Friday of the month, its the Vroom Room, come in we have cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation.
January is a done deal, in a few days we will see how the sales developed, although we heard comments of good, to acceptable, to slow...lets see in a few days.
Our first review of the year the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Ever wonder how the Top 1% of Canadians which comprises 10% of tax payers is doing? Fascinating information from Statistic Canada take a moment to review.
Yes...we did get a cold snap in January. Yes its the CUE display from a Cadillac. It was interesting to experience cars under cold weather conditions. Perhaps we had forgotten how vehicles behave at minus 26C. Almost being surprised at how easy they start at these colder temperatures, compared to a few decades ago when starting a car at close to minus 30C could easily become a project. One thing that does not go away is the creaky plastic, and overall stiffness...some things never change.
Agreed...wearing an extra layer of clothes, actually using the down filled coat is useful under these crisp conditions.
We did a quick road trip with the Cadillac XTS, on some of the photos you can almost sense the cold in the air. In case you are wondering CUE does not work when wearing gloves under cold climatic conditions. Fascinating how the cold does not impact all the electronics in modern cars. Back in the day chokes would get stuck closed, not enough spark to start, and a myriad of other issues.
The results from RM Auctions Arizona Sale, as you know everyone descends to Phoenix in January to either buy or sell classic cars. Its always fascinating to see the actions, the judicious purchases and sales, as well as some memorable "brain fades".
A comprehensive photo gallery of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
For the past few days we have been delving in some auto industry nostalgia. It struck us how things change, and at times how things for some reason are quite similar.
If you missed the nostalgia entries, just scroll down.
In case you overlooked the Otis Maybach...here, its cool...enjoy!
Canadian sales were up 15% in January! A few weeks ago we were speculating Nich manufacturers held back on sales for 2011. Now we know, a classic case of I told you so...which also reinforces why we look at sales on a quarterly basis.
Last week end was the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona, if it some point you have an opportunity to attend, its a memorable experience. Michael Shank Racing won in the DP class, and obvious a Porsche won the GT class.
To continue our nostalgia theme of the past few days, some vintage photos Daytona 24 hour races...here.
Its Friday, and yes its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, join the conversation. As usual we have cappuccino and biscotti.
Think about this, we are already a month beyond Christmas, if you get the feeling that for some strange reason time seems to accelerate, we share your thoughts. Yes...time is increasingly becoming a precious commodity...its the great equalizer.
Yesterday we published a video titled "Auto Industry" its from almost 60 years ago, at a time when the auto industry literally powered North America, and the middle class. It was the "golden age" of the automobile in North America. The videos will continue tomorrow, and Sunday.
At some point we probably all knew that manufacturing was going to migrate to other places on the planet, all in the guise of lowering costs, in the meantime did we fully comprehend that the migration of manufacturing was going to alter the economic landscape in ways that perhaps not many envisaged. What do you think?
The Arizona auction weekend has come and gone...we don't know about you, in our case our interest in the various auctions has diluted. Prices seem more realistic, and obvious that with very low returns, accompanied by a stock market that constantly "tergiversates", classic cars are a good investment, or a better investment.
The upside, the auctions are a great tool/event to uphold the global classic car market.
Yes...tomorrow is the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, make it a point to catch it on TV or online, or on Twitter.
The World Economic Forum is on at Davos, as we have mentioned a few times there is a stark realisation that capitalism needs a global "reset"...
Perspectives and photos of the 1967 race at Daytona...here.